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Walk a Mile in My Shoes event offers a glimpse at life with disabilities

People can get a glimpse of life with disabilities at the Walk a Mile in My Shoes event. (Amanda Kinseth/WPDE)

An event this weekend will raise money to help someone with long-term disabilities who needs a ramp at their house.

The Walk a Mile in My Shoes event also gives people a glimpse of what it's like to have disabilities.

Have you ever tried golfing while seated or pushing a wheelchair through sand? It's not easy.

You can find out for yourself Saturday, September 10 at the event Walk a Mile in My Shoes.

It's put on by the Walk a Mile in my Shoes disability organization through Greater Gordon Chapel AME Church.

"It's a lot of fun, and at the same time you get to somehow be able to relate to those that have the injuries from seeing how difficult it is to do some of the games," said Aundry Evans, the pastor at Greater Gordon Chapel AME Church.

Trying to knock over a water bottle by swinging a golf ball in a stocking on your head challenges balance and control.

They're challenges Roberta Bryan faces everyday.

"I got hurt August 23, 2001, on a motorcycle accident," said Bryan.

She started the event to bring awareness and to raise money to help people with long term disabilities.

"You'll be surprised at what you might see and what you might learn," said Bryan.

When she got hurt, she didn't know if and when she could get a ramp to help her get in and out of her house. And now she wants to help others in the same situation.

"I don't want them to feel stuck inside," said Bryan. "I want them to be mobile and be able to get out and enjoy life. Just because you are disabled, that don't mean life ends."

Walk a Mile in my Shoes is Saturday from from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will be held at Wachesaw Ball Park in Murrells Inlet, which is located behind Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital.

Call Greater Gordon Chapel AME Church to register for the event at 843-651-2212.

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